Subtle clue to Thiago Alcantra signing spotted on match ball

Last updated : 19 June 2013 By Ed

Captain Thiago Alcántara described Spain's UEFA European Under-21 Championship triumph as "the best feeling possible". The Barca midfielder scored a hat-trick to earn the Spanish a 4-2 victory against Italy.

Thiago received the match ball after the game which was signed by those victorious team-mates. However eagle-eyed viewers have seen a message that reads "Nos vemos en Manchester" - "See you in Manchester" written on the ball!

Both Isco and David De Gea were in the same team, leaving many armchair pundits to draw the conclusion from the YouTube clip that Thiago Alcantra is on his way to Old Trafford next season.